Waikiki Beach

 Our stay at Waikiki Beach was a highlight of the Hawaii trip. Though Waikiki is arguably the busiest and most touristy area in Hawaii, the energy and vibe here was awesome. It’s definitely a different change of pace from the other parts of O’ahu and Maui that I visited. Watching sunsets over the beach is …

Support and Encouragement

 I credit my wife, Samantha, for me photographing the summer solstice sunset that everyone went crazy over on the internet. Our son’s due date was at that any moment stage so I had been hesitant to go out but I made a remark after dinner how I think there was going to be an amazing …

Double Good News

 The past week has been a very eventful one for me to say the least. First off, I have the cover photo on the current VIA Magazine, July/August 2016 Oregon edition. VIA is AAA’s travel magazine for Northern California & Oregon members. One of the first photos I ever sold was to VIA more than …

Everything is a Blur

 Life has been a bit of a blur as of late as I’m anxiously awaiting the birth of my son. His original due date was on Saturday but as I’m beginning to learn, life has it’s own schedule and there is not much I can do about it. I haven’t done any traveling in the …

Changes

 I shot this photo recently in Yosemite National Park as I was wrapping up with a sunrise. Sunrise is my favorite time of day to photograph Yosemite Valley for several reasons. The most obvious is there are few people out and about at that hour but more importantly there is this persistent ground fog in …

The Value of Time

 When I was in my 20’s, I probably took time for granted more often than not. I wasn’t able to fully appreciate my time spent out in the field. I would run from location to location checking off a list of things I wanted to see or photograph for stock. I would leave the house …

California State Capitol

 I went to Sacramento two weekends ago for a wedding reception and there was a promising cloud forecast for Sunday morning so I woke up before sunrise the next morning to shoot at the California State Capitol. This display of light only lasted for about a minute or so and didn’t light up as much …

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Tide Pools

 My first visit to the tide pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve took place more than a decade ago when I was a grad school student. Though I have visited the park probably about ten times since, I hadn’t photographed the tide pool area in more than ten years due to access restrictions due to the …

Bean Hollow State Beach

 I was originally planning to photograph another beach along the San Mateo Coast but my friend, Gary Crabbe, suggested we shoot Bean Hollow State Beach since I had never been there. This was one of the many gems found in his excellent book, Photographing California – Vol. 1: North – A Guide to the Natural …